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Virus could cost taxpayers $1 billion

The coronavirus outbreak could cost Australian taxpayers about $1 billion in health spending as a school, nursing home, hospital and childcare centre in the same area of Sydney have created fears of a virus cluster.

Morrison strikes virus deal with states

The Morrison government has reached an agreement with the states and territories to bear the health costs of tackling the coronavirus on a 50/50 basis, which could end up costing $1 billion.

'Pull out all the stops' on virus: WHO

The global march of the coronavirus has triggered a vigorous appeal from the World Health Organisation for governments to pull out "all the stops" to slow the epidemic.